NOAA issued its first Winter Storm Warning of the 2016/17 winter today.
The Winter Storm Warning if for a huge swath of Montana.
NOAA is forecasting 10-15″ of snowfall for Montana today and tomorrow.
* SNOW ACCUMULATION...10 TO 15 INCHES...GREATEST ABOVE 8000 FEET. - NOAA Billings, MT today
Winter Weather Advisories are also issued all over western Montana.
These Winter Weather Advisories are calling for 3 to 13″ of snowfall today and tomorrow.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...3 TO 6 INCHES IN THE MOUNTAINS...WITHISOLATED AMOUNTS NEAR 13 INCHES AT RIDGE TOPS. - NOAA Billings, MT today
“Expect off and on showers across the lower elevations, with some thunderstorms, and mountains will see accumulating snowfall. A few strong to severe storms are possible in eastern areas (i.e. Miles City, Ekalaka, Baker) this afternoon.” – NOAA Billings, MT today
WINTER STORM WARNING for MONTANA:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BILLINGS MT 240 AM MDT MON OCT 3 2016 ABSAROKA/BEARTOOTH MOUNTAINS-CRAZY MOUNTAINS- INCLUDING THE LOCATIONS OF...COOKE CITY ...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 6 PM MDT TUESDAY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BILLINGS HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 6 PM MDT TUESDAY. * IMPACTS...HEAVY SNOWFALL WILL MAKE OUTDOOR RECREATION DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE IN THE HIGH COUNTRY. BEARTOOTH PASS WILL BE IMPACTED BY ACCUMULATING SNOWFALL. * TIMING...RAIN SHOWERS WILL CHANGE TO SNOW THIS AFTERNOON. SNOW...HEAVY AT TIMES...WILL CONTINUE THROUGH TUESDAY. * SNOW ACCUMULATION...10 TO 15 INCHES...GREATEST ABOVE 8000 FEET. * WINDS...WEST TO NORTHWEST GUSTS TO 40 MPH WILL CAUSE BLOWING SNOW OVER THE HIGH PEAKS